Sacred Heart Church

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Mt 10:26-33 Jesus tells us today, “Fear no one.” All of us have fears. Some of us may fear the future, change, rejection, being out of control, ridiculed, losing a cherished relationship, failure, and even sickness and death. We have no control over much that we fear. Anxiety and worry become a futile waste of time and serve only to impact the quality of life. Faith, which brings a trust in God’s promise that he is with us, allows us to face whatever comes with courage and acceptance. While very difficult to do, this is exactly what we are asked to do.


Do we believe in the Bible? Do we really believe in the Bible? God said, “I knew you before you were born”. Every baby aborted is God’s creation sent into this world to be a future priest, pastor, doctor, lawyer, etc. Abortion is saying no to God’s plans for the future of our nation.
- Pro-Life Corner

Summer Social

There will be a Summer Social in the courtyard next Sun-day, July 2, after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. We will be serving donuts, coffee, juice in the lovely gar-den setting of flowers and fish pond. Come and enjoy the company of your fellow parishioners!

Vacation Bible School Shoe Boxes Needed!

“Mighty Fortress, In Jesus, the Victory is Won!” If you have empty cardboard shoe boxes that you don’t need, please donate them to Sacred Heart for our Bible School project! (60 of them!) You may drop them off at the rectory office during regular office hours or leave them under the table in the vestibule of the church. Vacation Bible School begins August 7 thru August 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., for students 5 to 12 years old. God promises to be our rock and our salvation-our fortress and sure defense!

Registration forms are available in the back of the church.

Tenth and Eleventh Grade High School Students

Many of you still need service hours for Confirmation Process (2016-2017). We are allowing Vacation Bible School “Mighty Fortress” to be used as a make-up opportunity for service hours. Please contact Judy Wahl, 944-3922. Thank you.

Pray Before the Fatima Statue

During the Year of Fatima, you may gain special indulgences. Pray the Creed, the Our Father and the Hail Mary for the Holy Father’s intentions. Also, within 8 days receive the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion. Each Wednesday, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., we will have the Fatima Statue here at Sacred Heart. After the Pro-Life Rosary, we will pray for the Pope’s intentions as listed above and be eligible for the special indulgences. Pray for Religious Vocations!

Faith Day at DelGrosso’s 2017

Come, join Catholics from across the Diocese to celebrate our faith and enjoy a day of great rides, slides and the water-park! Or just come for Mass and enjoy America’s best amusement park food. Sunday, July 2. Highlights of the day include Liturgy at 3:00 p.m. with Bishop Mark; a picnic in the diocesan pavilion at 5:00 p.m. All day Fun Passes are available for a reduced price of $20 (a $29.95 value) with a diocesan Faith Day voucher! $3 of each pass purchased will be donated back to the Angel Fund for Camp Zacchaeus and Camp Timothy. Meal tickets are also available for a Picnic in Pavilion #2 at 5:00 p.m. Discount Fun Passes are avail-able at the rectory office.

Faith Day Dessert Contest!

Do you have that special dessert that you are known for? The one that everyone asks you to bring to parties, potlucks and special events? Then YOU need to enter it in our Faith Day Dessert Contest. Who is eligible? Anyone who can create that special dessert to impress our panel of judges! What can I make? Any dessert-pies, cakes, cookies, cup-cakes, whatever is your specialty! All those entering a dessert must complete a registration form and return it to the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office no later than June 26th.

For more information call Francine Swope at 317-2646. Winners must be present during the contest to win.

Diocesan Summer Camp Opportunities 2017

Registrations for our diocesan summer camps, Camp Zacchaeus (Grades 4-9) are being accepted. Camp “Z” offers young people an opportunity to supercharge their faith in a wonderful outdoor setting of faith, fun, and friendship. Angel Fund Scholarships are available through the diocese of help offset the cost of camp for any family who is eligible. Scholarship forms are available through the Youth Ministry Office. Dates for Camp Z are Week 1, July 16-21 and Week 2-July 23-28. For more information or an application, con-tact Francine Swope in the Youth Ministry Office 317-2646.

Vacation Bible School

We are currently recruiting volunteers and teachers for our Vacation Bible School, “Mighty Fortress”, scheduled for August 7 thru 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 if you are available to help.

Registration forms for children are in the back of the church. Deadline to register is July 30th

Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Tickets are available to the Altoona Curve vs. Bowie Baysox game on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free to registered members and $10 for non-members. Please stop by the rectory office or call. Thanks to Denny Greiner for making the arrangements for us.


Two of the greatest gifts from God to each of us are life and time. Without taking care, we can easily miss the grandeur and beauty of both. Being mindful as an everyday steward means pausing to see the detail in all that exists around us. God’s creation is not something created with a broad brush, but instead with the intricacies of a master painter. God created all things with purpose and a complexity only the divine could fully comprehend. Every single hair on our head has been counted! But when we take a moment to reflect on the beauty that is created by that complexity, we allow ourselves to revel in God’s generosity. There is so much to give thanks for in this life. But you can’t give thanks to God unless we really stop to take notice. When was the last time you stared in awe at the moon?
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

In Your Prayers

Marcella Adams, Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Jody Himes, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Richard Lauer, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel O’Brien’s and Jacob Prendergast’s safe deployment.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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